When you think of the holidays, thoughts may include warm memories of family sharing a spectacular home-cooked meal, and of course, gifts spilling out from beneath an ornate tree.
For many of our friends and neighbors, the holidays mean something entirely different. For many, the holidays carry an unmanageable financial and emotional burden. Children and parents alike go without gifts of any kind and many go without food. With your help, MOM would like to change that reality for hundreds of families in our service area.
The Sharing Christmas program matches donors with hundreds of local families who have successfully registered through MOM. Each family is screened and matched with donors who spend $50 per family member to ensure that each receives something special for the holidays.
Donors deliver their gifts directly to the family with whom they have been matched or may drop them off at the MOM office for the family to pick up.
Thanks to an overwhelming response, we have closed donor applications for 2017. If you are looking for additional ways you can gift families this season, consider items from our Top Ten Food and Clothing lists. Gifts of new clothing in matching sizes and wrapped in a bow (such as pjs, underwear, socks, etc.) are also always welcome at the Clothing Center.
If you have further questions, please contact our volunteer Sharing Christmas Coordinator at 608-826-3415.
"Thank you" from a Sharing Christmas Client
"My family received gifts from Mom's Sharing Christmas Program this past year. I have never asked for help before, (I have held the same full-time job for over 3 1/2 years). My hours had been cut for over 3 months, due to lack of work at my company.
I was trying to figure out how to buy "any" gifts for my two children this year. I received a letter from MOM asking if we wanted to receive gifts at the holidays, and we graciously accepted.
The family that was matched with us came to our home to deliver our gifts. My high school aged daughter made some hot chocolate for our guests. The donors were so kind and filled with compassion.
They didn't only give us physical gifts. They also gave us the gift of their time (registering, shopping for the perfect gifts and then wrapping them, and delivering the gifts.) Most importantly, the time they took visiting us and bring with them 'Tidings of Great Joy'.
One of my work friends ask me what I like best about the holiday. My answer? "My hot chocolate friends" was my answer.They are the kind of people that inspire hope in my soul. I will be forever grateful. I hope to be able to 'Pay It Forward', someday."
"Thank you" from a Sharing Christmas Donor
"My husband and I had the honor of being apart of Suzie and family's Christmas last year. The humble gifts we gave Suzie and her family were pale compared to the gift we received from them. They invited us into their home and graciously entertained us with holiday refreshments. Her son and daughter told us about themselves and their aspirations for the future. Suzie shared with her story and what she wanted her children take away from the experience. Suzie is a wonderful mother and person because she gave us all the true meaning of Christmas.
Thank you for this wonderful program."
- Sharing Christmas Donor
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